Fall is upon us!

The days are getting cooler, leaves are changing and noses are running!?!  Yep, that time is upon us.  As any parent knows when the weather changes the kids seem to get a cold.  Add in a daily dose of public school and it’s almost a guarantee!  My younger kids already showed signs of an upcoming cold!  The first 1) My throat hurts, 2) Cough more than twice or 3) “Go blow your nose” is said and I know it’s time for some action!  I immediately reach for ALC and Echinacea!

What and Echie-who?

Advantage Life Concentrate

Advantage Life Concentrate

ALC is short for Advantage Liquid Concentrate made by Wisdom Of The Ages.  It is a a great immune system booster and I use it for fighting and treating almost all sickness!  It is a mixture of Citrus Seed Extract, Green Tea and Jasmine tea.  You can read more about it here.  I add about three drops to a glass of water and drink.  It does have a funky taste so if you want to sweeten your drink with honey you can use more.  I even stir some into bowls of soup that have cooled (don’t tell the kids).

Pretty Echinacea

Pretty Echinacea

Echinacea is a pretty flower and a powerful herb.  I keep echinacea on hand to drink with honey and ALC drops whenever someone get a fever or full-blown cold/flu.  Echinacea will boost the immune system but after two weeks of drinking it take a week off.  You need to let your body work on it’s own too…  If you google Echinacea you will soon realize that you have options.  Echinacea in two different ways: Leaves and flowers or roots.  Mountain Rose Herbs has this to say:   The above-ground parts of the plant are used to make fresh juice, infusions (warm-water teas), and tinctures. The roots are used in either cut or powdered form for capsules, fluid extracts, teas, and tinctures.  I prefer to make the tea but if you want to make a tincture you can.  It just takes a bit more time.

You can buy Echinacea tea anywhere but I want it to be pure Echinacea tea without fillers.  Plus, organic is a must!  So I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

This year all three kids have already shown signs of colds and with a couple days of sneaking ALC into their drinks the colds never came to a head!  I keep echinacea on hand to drink with honey and ALC drops whenever someone get a fever or full-blown cold/flu.  Echinacea will boost the immune system but after two weeks of drinking it take a week off.  You need to let your body work on it’s own too…

If you do get sick though there is still organic treatment!  I make a salve called Breath Easy that is for congestion.  I just rub it on the chests, backs and soles of feet of my family if they get congested.  I even use for sinus congestion.  It’s an organic salve I make with beeswax, organic oils infused with organic peppermint and eucalyptus and a blend of 5 different organic essential oils.  I sell a 1 oz. jar for $5.00 (plus shipping).  Interested? You can get Breath Easy here.

Breath Easy

From coffee to tea

Give up coffee? Every day around 9 am I do.  I was one of those people that could drink a whole pot of coffee by lunch and then I realized that I was having some side effects – shakes, restlessness and worst of all, lack of appetite.  I know, not being hungry sounds like a good idea if you want to loose weight but it’s not.  Not eating = poor nutrition, pour nutrition = tiredness, sickness and more.  So everyday I have two cups of coffee and then turn the coffee pot off.  I drink iced tea like crazy.  Good ole’ Lipton.  But as I delve further into my organic lifestyle I have found a new tea that is healthier and has endless possibilities for flavor.  Herbal loose tea!

First off, the news is always saying things about tea bags and chemicals and I find that it’s easier to avoid the news and go to organic loose tea.  Plus that means no waste since all the herbs are compostable and you reuse your tea ball, spoon or infuser.  I have a wonderful tea infuser that I love.

My favorite infuser.  It works for a cup or a quart jar!

My favorite infuser. It works for a cup or a quart jar!

Tea is more than green, black or chai.  Tea is unlimited in tastes!  It is for everything from cooling and minty to warm and cozy.  It can be medicinal as well.  I won’t lie and say I can make the best tea ever but I am learning and I have been pleased so far.  Right now I have been drinking three cups of tea daily that I use as my anti-anxiety, love-drive tea.

My current concoction: St. Johns wort, damiana and rose hips.  It still needs tweaking though.

My current concoction: St. Johns wort, damiana and rose hips. It still needs tweaking though.

I also use tea to treat sickness, make sleepy and perk up.

My sicko tea, equal parts mullin, licorice root, marshmallow root and peppermint. All the boys got sick so we used a lot of this this week but it really helps!

My sicko tea, equal parts mullin, licorice root, marshmallow root and peppermint. All the boys got sick last week so we used a lot of this this week but it really helps!

 Mountain Rose Herbs has quality teas and loose herbs to treat whatever ails you.  If mixing your own herbs you should do some homework first.  For instance, licorice root tea is to be drunk no more than 3 cups a day because more than that can cause hypertension.  Also some herbs can affect milk production and uterine muscles and you should always consult your physician if you are pregnant or on any medication. Mountain rose herbs has taken the guesswork out of the herbal tea mixtures and you can get those here.  You can also grow many good tea ingredients.

Grow your own tea! Chamomile is easy and once you plant it it will come back every year.  I harvest mine every few days once the flowers have opened.  Then I dry them on a screen.

Grow your own tea! Chamomile is easy and once you plant it it will come back every year. I harvest mine every few days once the flowers have opened. Then I dry them on a screen.

I’m guessing most people know how to make tea but here’s a tutorial just in case.

Must have to make good tea.  Cup, good infuser and raw honey (a super food) for sweetening if desired.

Must have to make good tea. Cup, good infuser and raw honey (a super food) for sweetening if desired.

Put dried tea/herb mixture into cup

Put dried tea/herb mixture into cup

Add almost boiling water over tea and cover.  Let steep for 5-15 minutes depending on taste and/or herbs used.

Add almost boiling water over tea and cover. Let steep for 5-15 minutes depending on taste and/or herbs used.

Strain, add a bit of raw honey to sweeten and enjoy.

Strain, add a bit of raw honey to sweeten and enjoy.

As always, organic is best because you know there is no chemical residue on the tea.  For a wide variety of teas and tea supplies  check out Mountain Rose Herbs.  They are a very green company with good prices and wonderful quality.

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. What’s your favorite tea of all time or just this week?